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Our work covered by the Wall Street Journal: Flying the Politically Correct Skies: American Airlines and Delta may want to reconsider their international route maps

2 Jun , 2021  

James Freeman has a discussion of our latest work at the Wall Street Journal.

Audio of WSJ discussion

This is getting awkward. Woke and weak corporate executives at American Airlines and Delta have been trying to signal virtue by opposing, respectively, pending voting reforms in Texas and a new voting law in Georgia. But now it looks like consistency will require the airline bosses to condemn many of the destinations on their international route maps. 

American’s website says it serves 50 countries—and a full 150 if you count the markets served by its code-sharing partners. To be fair to Texas, American CEO Doug Parker may have to find something negative to say about nearly all of them. That’s because, just like the proposed voting changes in Texas, laws in many locales served by American Airlines apply various measures to ensure the integrity of the ballot, including requiring voter identification. 

John Lott writes at Real Clear Investigations: 

Of 47 nations surveyed in Europe — a place where, on other matters, American progressives often look to with envy — all but one country requires a government-issued photo voter ID to vote…

Seventy-four percent of European countries entirely ban absentee voting for citizens who reside domestically. Another 6% limit it to those hospitalized or in the military, and they require third-party verification and a photo voter ID. Another 15% require a photo ID for absentee voting.

Similarly, government-issued photo IDs are required to vote by 33 nations in the 37-member Organistion for Economic Co-operation and Development (which has considerable European overlap).

And even among the rare exceptions like Japan, says Mr. Lott, in some circumstances an ID may be needed:

Japan provides each voter with tickets that bear unique bar codes. If the voter loses the ticket or accidentally brings the ticket for another family member, polling staff verifies the voter’s name and address using a computer with access to the city’s database. The voter may have to present government-issued photo identification.

Closer to home, Mr. Lott also notes that after an alleged fraudulent election in 1998, Mexico “mandated voter photo IDs with biometric information, banned absentee ballots, and required in-person voter registration. Despite making registration much more difficult and banning absentee ballots, voter participation rates rose after Mexico implemented the new rules.”

James Freeman, “Flying the Politically Correct Skies: American Airlines and Delta may want to reconsider their international route maps,” Wall Street Journal, June 1, 2021


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